Hailed by the Maine Classical Beat for "a voice to die for (combined) with acting ability, beauty, and stage presence," Israeli mezzo-soprano Maya Lahyani is fast-becoming one of today’s most sought-after young singers.
In the 2019-20 season, Maya Lahyani returned to The Metropolitan Opera for a seventh season to sing Rosette in Manon and Tisbe in La Cenerentola. She also returned to the Israeli Opera to sing Sister Helen Prejean in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. In concert, she was scheduled to join the The Philadelphia Orchestra for Elektra and to make her London Symphony Orchestra debut in Tippett’s A Child of Our Time under the baton of Alan Gilbert. Both concerts were cancelled due to COVID 19.
During the 2018-2019, Lahyani debuted with The Israeli Opera as Charlotte in Massenet's Werther conducted by Alan Guingal and directed by Paul Emile Fourny. She also returned to The Metropolitan Opera covering the role of Maddalena in Rigoletto, and singing Grimgerde in Die Walküre under the baton of Philippe Jordan in Robert Lepage’s breathtaking production of Wagner's Ring.
In the 2017-2018 season, she made her Latin America debut as Charlotte in Werther with Ópera De Nuevo León in Monterrey, Mexico. She returned to The Metropolitan Opera as the Second Serving Woman in Elektra under the baton of Yannick Nézét-Séguin and as Dorothée in Laurent Pelly’s acclaimed production of Cendrillon. She joined the Civic Orchestra of Chicago as the Soloist in Bernstein's Jeremiah Symphony, and closed her season as Maddalena in Rigoletto at the Berkshire Opera Festival.
Ms. Lahyani sang over 80 performances at The Metropolitan Opera, making her debut during the 2013-2014 season in Anthony Minghella’s production of Madam Butterfly as the first Israeli born to ever sing on their stage. Other appearances at the Met including Massenet’s Werther directed by Richard Eyre, Rusalka under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin (both productions were seen live in HD), the role of the Palestinian Woman in John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer, Flora in Willy Decker’s iconic production of La Traviata, Rosette in Laurent Pelly’s production of Manon, a Serving Woman in Strauss' Elektra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. As well as covering Maddalena in Michael Mayer’s production of Rigoletto, Lola in Sir David McVicar’s production of Cavalleria Rusticana, Altichiara in Francesca da Rimini, and Fiona in the Met premiere of Nico Muhly's Two Boys.
Recent career highlights including the title role of Carmen with Opera Maine, Opera Las Vegas and Wolf Trap Opera. Her Seattle Opera appearances as Varvara in Janáček’s Katya Kabanova, Flora in Peter Konwitschny’s production of La Traviata, and Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos. Hansel in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel With Opera Fairbanks, the Page in Atom Egoyan’s production of Salome with The Canadian Opera Company, and Third Lady in The Magic Flute with The Dallas Opera. Lahyani was also featured as the vocal soloist in numerous works by the renowned choreographer Alonzo King and his acclaimed Alonzo King LINES Ballet.
Ms. Lahyani’s concert work portfolio includes performances as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus under the baton of Nicola Luisotti, Mahler’s Second Symphony with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Ravel’s Sheherazade with the Jerusalem Symphony, Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody with the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, and the alto soloist in Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream with conductor Kurt Masur and the San Francisco Symphony. Lahyani also appeared in concert of Verdi's Rigoletto with The Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel.
Lahyani is an alumna of the prestigious Adler Fellowship of the San Francisco Opera, where she made her debut in 2010 as Wowkle in La Fanciulla del West under conductor Nicola Luisotti. Other roles and productions with the company include Siegrune in Die Walküre, Sister Marta and The Duenna in Cyrano de Bergerac, the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’s Heart of a Soldier under conductor Patrick Summers, Janáček's The Makropulos Case, Maffio Orsini in Lucrezia Borgia, and the title role of Carmen. With the International Vocal Art institute in Tel Aviv Lahyani performed the roles of Charlotte in Werther, Mather Marie in The Dialogues of the Carmelites, and the title role in Mascagni's Zanetto.